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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Rand Paul
Senator (R-Kentucky), Member of Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs
CNNW 06/18/2013
Rand Paul speaking about Dir. Of Intelligence, James Clapper "(I don't know how you consider him credible.) When you come before the senate and lie -- he was warned of it. They called the director of national intelligence and said, we're going to ask you this question. So even though he was told in advance he would get the question, he still lied in a public hearing. I think there needs to be an open debate and Americans need to decide are you willing to give up the da a on all of your phone calls every day all the time because of your fear for terrorism or( do you think like I do that you can catch terrorists and have the bill of rights at the same time? I frankly think you can have both.)"
Rand Paul
Senator (R-Kentucky), Member of Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs
CNNW 06/18/2013
"but to my knowledge none of the people captured or prevented were traced from random numbers. They were traced from a suspect. So you have a suspect who makes phone calls. I'm all for looking at a suspect's phone calls when the judges warrant and the next person, you look at their phone calls. My understanding is they like looking at all Americans' phone records because they think it's easier and faster. That's what I heard from them. Easier and faster, but not that they couldn't have done this with a regular traditional judicial warrant."
Keith Alexander
General, Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service and Commander of the United States Cyber Command.
CSPAN 06/18/2013
In recent years, these programs together with other intelligence, have protected the US and our allies from terrorist threats across the globe. To include helping prevent the terrorists -- the potential terrorist events over 50 times since 9/11.
James Cole
Deputy US Attorney General
CSPAN 06/18/2013
There is extensive oversight and compliance that is done with these records and with his process. Every now and then, there may be a mistake, a wrong phone number hit or a wrong person who should not have been targeted gets targeted because there is a mistake in the phone records, something like that.
James Cole
Deputy US Attorney General
CSPAN 06/18/2013
Each of those compliance incidences, if and when they occur, have to be reported to the FISA court immediately. Let me tell you the FISA court pushes back on this. They want to find out why this happened, what were the procedures and mechanisms that allowed it to happen, and what have you done to fix it. So whenever we have a compliance incident we report it to the court immediately and we report it to Congress.
James Cole
Deputy US Attorney General
CSPAN 06/18/2013
“There's a great deal of minimization procedures that are involved here, particularly concerning any of the acquisition of information that deals or comes from US persons. As I said, only targeting people outside the United States who are not US persons. But if we do acquire any information that relates to a US person, under limited criteria, only, can we keep it."
James Cole
Deputy US Attorney General
CSPAN 06/18/2013
But if we do acquire any information that relates to a US person, under limited criteria only can we keep it. If it has to do with foreign intelligence in that conversation or understanding foreign intelligence, or evidence of a crime or threat of serious bodily injury, we can respond to that. Other than that, we have to get rid of it, we have to purge it and we can’t use it.
Mike Rogers
Representative (R-Mich.), Chair, House Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 06/18/2013
Rogers: Is the NSA have the ability to listen to Americans' phone calls or read their e- mails under these 2 programs? Alexander: No, we do not have that authority. Rogers: Does the technology exists at the NSA to flip a switch by some analyst to listen to American’s phone calls or read their e-mails? Alexander: no. Rogers: So the technology does not exist for any individual or group of individuals at the NSA to flip a switch to listen to Americans' phone calls or read their e-mails? Alexander: that is correct.
John Inglis
NSA Deputy Director
CSPAN 06/18/2013
Q. Let me just, for the record state, is NSA spying today or have you spied on American citizens? A. We do not target US persons anywhere in the world without a specific court warrant. Q. And does the NSA listen to the phone calls of American citizens? A. We do not target or listen to the telephone calls of US persons under that targeting without a specific court warrant.
John Inglis
NSA Deputy Director
CSPAN 06/18/2013
Q. Does the NSA read the e-mails of American citizens? A. Same answer, ma'am. Q. Does the NSA read the text messages of American citizens? A. Again, we do not target the content of US person communications without a specific warrant anywhere on the earth.
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